Since our daytime temperatures in California generally stay between 60 - 85 degrees year round, Baby Checkers' fall and winter wear may not be weather appropriate for most other parts of the world. As of a couple of weeks ago, we were still experiencing heat waves here with temperatures in the low 90s. I have spent my entire life here, and while I wonder what it might be like to experience actual seasons and colder temperatures, I really can't complain all that much about the weather.
Baby Checkers is fortunate to have her stylish Aunt, whom she affectionately calls "Dodo," and many other aunties around who shower her with clothes and shoes. We've also received tons of hand-me-downs from generous friends, and so I have rarely had to spend on her wardrobe. In fact, 100% of the clothes featured here are gifts!
Here is her "hipster" look:
Is it just me, or does she look like a mini grown-up? Stop growing so fast, child. It makes mama sad.
During the first year of Baby Checkers' life, I never put her in shoes. I figured, if she wasn't walking, what would be the point of shoes (other than being extremely cute)? Baby Checkers started walking at 13 months, and for her one-year birthday she received two pairs of Tiny TOMS shoes - one pair in red and one in blue. She alternates between pairs and wears them all the time.
I snapped a picture of her in the red shoes just after we had received them:
In warmer temperatures, I love to dress Baby Checkers in rompers. Not only are they cute, but they are easy to take on and off since they are one piece!
When I found out I was having a girl, one thing I knew for sure was I did not want her life to be all things PINK. The Little Tikes car was a hand-me-down (thank-you), but had I purchased it, I probably would have chosen red. Or anything but pink. It's not that I hate pink. I'm just a fan of color. I'm sure you'll see a pattern here; Baby Checkers is almost never dressed in pink. Her wardrobe is full of colors, prints, and patterns like stripes, polka dots, plaid patterns, and some graphics.
Here is another birthday gift that is just beginning to fit. And now we can be matchy matchy in our jean jackets:
Bow-ties, polka dots, and stripes all in one!
And here is Baby Checkers wearing . . . Checkers. How fitting. Can you tell we love blue?
And for her Sunday's best, I usually put her in a comfy dress paired with leggings. This way, she can play about without having to flash anyone.
If it were up to her mama, she would wear a t-shirt and jeans all day, because I'm a t-shirt and jeans type of gal. I recently went through a style rut of my own (postpartum period = identity crisis = style identity crisis), and in an effort to avoid feeling like Frumpy Dumpy, I began to venture outside of my typical grays, blacks, and brown and added more color to my wardrobe as well. I just purchased my first pair of skinny jeans this year, which I previously vowed never to do. Let's see if I can keep this up.